2 charged after alleged robberies at 2nd Presbyterian Church


by Brittany Gonzalez


Posted on May 14, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Updated Monday, May 14 at 6:18 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Long-time member of Second Presbyterian Church, Glenda Ford, was one of three women to be victims of Mother's Day Service thefts.

Police said 18-year-old Kendal Peters and 22-year-old Benjamin Welsh, came to the 11 a.m. service at the church on Old Brownsboro Road and that's where several witnesses reported seeing the two stealing purses and money Sunday.

"You know you go to church and you're there with your family. You're there with your church members, who are your family, and you don't envision something like this happening," Ford said.

Ford said Peter and Welsh got away with almost $500 and her iPhone.

"The money was taken out of my wallet, but then my wallet was put back in my purse. He was very professional to do this. My handbag was sitting not far from my foot where I always sit it," Ford said.

Police found the pair across the street from Second Presbyterian and said the two had several of the items that were reported stolen with them.
"I just can’t imagine someone doing something like this especially in church," Ford said.

Pastor Steve Jester said Peters and Welsh are not church members.

Peters, police said, ran away and convinced a neighbor to give her a ride. When they finally caught Peters on Grinstead Avenue and Pleasantview she allegedly said, “can we make a deal for sex?”

Ford said this unfortunate incident has tested her faith, but she has already forgiven the thieves.

“No, I’m really not angry with them. I couldn’t be angry with them. Disappointed perhaps, but I feel sorry for them,” Ford said.

Peters is charged with receiving stolen property, resisting arrest, fleeing on foot and attempted bribery.

Welsh is charged with theft by unlawful taking.